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Colorado is a picturesque state chock full of breathtaking views and fantastic state and national parks. Chatfield State Park, a water lover's paradise, is just one of them. Spend some time camping at Chatfield State Park and enjoy being unplugged from daily life for a few days.
RV camping is a great way for families to reconnect in a society of electronic gadgets and fast-paced living. If you don't own your own rig, book an RV in Douglas County, Colorado and start planning your vacation at Chatfield State Park in Littleton.
Campers will enjoy the best of both worlds here: the seclusion of nature and proximity to urban areas. Sedalia is only a 20-minute drive southeast of the park and offers great shopping, dining, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Chatfield State Park is also less than an hour south of the bright lights of Denver.
The main attraction at Chatfield State Park is its eponymous reservoir which encompasses over 1,500 acres. Boating and fishing are fan favorites here at Chatfield Reservoir, which is considered one of the best fishing holes in the Denver area. Grab a fishing license from the ranger station before casting your line in search of trout and bass. Two boat ramps are available for sailboats and motorized boats. Those without their own watercraft can rent a canoe or kayak from the Chatfield Marina. Jet skis are also permitted to explore the reservoir.
Pack your bike in the RV rental and enjoy the 26 miles of biking trails that wind through the park. Novice bikers can test their skills on 12 miles of paved trails before stepping up their game and trying some of the unpaved trails. Bikers do have to share these trails with pedestrians and equestrians; yield the right-of-way to equestrian and slower traffic.
Another popular and unique activity at Chatfield State Park is hot-air ballooning. Many people like to go camping at Chatfield State Park just to watch the hot-air balloons lift off. Licensed balloon pilots can bring their balloons to Chatfield for launching. You must have a recreational balloonist’s permit to be allowed to launch from the park. Some balloon pilots will even allow guests to ride with them on short hot-air balloon trips.
The fun doesn't stop when the cold weather comes. Winter visitors enjoy snowshoeing, ice fishing, and winter camping at Chatfield State Park. Be sure to check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for updates on weather conditions and trail closures.
Chatfield State Park has almost 200 campsites spread across four camping areas which accommodate tents and RVs. Of those, 146 sites offer full hookups from mid-April to mid-October, while the rest feature electric hookups year-round. Other amenities include pay showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, and a dump station.
Reservations are required at all Colorado state park campgrounds. In the unlikely event that you can't get a spot at Chatfield State Park, you can also enjoy camping with an RV at the Flying Saucer RV Park in Sheridan, only 30 minutes from Chatfield State Park. Many of the campsites are located along the banks of Bear Creek. This RV park features all the comforts of home, including restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. RV campers also have access to full hookups with 50-amp service.
Dakota Ridge RV Park located in Golden is less than 45 minutes north of Chatfield State Park. Campers can enjoy views of the Rocky Mountains while relaxing in their RVs. Full hookups, Wi-Fi, and daily trash pickup are just a few of the amenities campers will enjoy at this full-service RV park.
Roxborough State Park boasts fantastic red-rock formations and a variety of wildlife from mule deer and wild turkey to black bears. When you're all done camping at Chatfield State Park, head over to Roxborough for the day and explore the park’s unique trails and rock formations. Roxborough State Park is only 15 minutes south of Chatfield State Park. Camping is not allowed at Roxborough.
Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms while in the area. This is a 700-acre native plant preserve located in southern Jefferson County. Stop by the visitors' center for information about the areas within the gardens, including the Prairie Garden beds, Lavender Garden, and Deer Creek Natural Area. You can view plants that are native to Colorado and learn how each one is being preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Drive into Denver for great restaurants featuring American, Italian, Mexican, Asian, and Thai food. While exploring the city, drop in to see the Denver Art Museum. There's a kid-friendly area where children can learn about art while participating in hands-on activities. The museum hosts a variety of events in addition to its exhibits, from meet-and-greets with artists to workshops.